Company: Middle Grade Fiction
Location: Naples, Florida, United States
Karen Joan McWilliams has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing.
An award-winning writer, Ms. McWilliams is distinguished by the Authors Guild and the Florida Writer’s Association for the impactful fiction she has brought to life through written words throughout her career. She is known for writing stories that take place in prominent moments in history so that she can weave in true historical information into fictionalized plots. Ms. McWilliams is the author of “The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo (South Carolina 1717-1718),” “The Journal of Darien Dexter Duff (Louisiana 1865),” “The Journey of Leroy Jeremiah Jones (Alabama 1855),” “The Diary of a Black Seminole Girl (Florida 1834),” “The Diary of a Slave Girl, Camellia Cassandra (Cape Fear, North Carolina 1725),” and “The Journal of Jack Black, a Fugitive Slave (North Carolina, Bahama Islands, Tortuga, Jamaica, St. Croix 1718).” Additionally, she wrote “The Night Before Christmas Starring One-Eye Redbeard!” and contributed multiple articles to “Writer’s Digest” and “The Writer.”
Today, Ms. McWIlliams finds success as a judge for writing competitions in the areas of middle-grade fiction, middle-grade multicultural, middle-grade nonfiction, young adult fiction, young adult multicultural, and young adult nonfiction. Before coming into these roles, she spent many years as an educator and librarian. From 1977 to 1983, Ms. McWilliams was a school librarian for the department of education in St. Croix, after having already found success as a third-grade teacher for the Department of Defense for overseas schools in various locations including Germany, Japan, Philippines, Spain and St. Croix. Ms. McWilliams has been successful in her career due to her love of writing and reading blended with a hard work ethic. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever’s Award, a Royal Palm Young Adult Literature Award, an IPPY Award, an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Moonbeam Award. As she looks ahead to the future, Ms. McWilliams intends to continue writing and judging writing competitions.
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